​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​United Nations Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.

It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva.


Human Rights Council – Organizational meeting
45th session
From: 28 August 2020
To: 28 August 2020

Human Rights Council
45th session
From: 14 September 2020
To: 06 October 2020

Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development
2nd session
From: 07 October 2020
To: 09 October 2020

Complaint Procedure Working Group on Situations
26th session
From: 19 October 2020
To: 23 July 2020

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
36th session
From: 02 November 2020
To: 13 November 2020

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
37th session
From: 18 January 2021
To: 29 January 2021

Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
25th session
From: 15 February 2021
To: 19 February 2021

Human Rights Council
46th session
From: 22 February 2021
To: 19 March 2021

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
38th session
From: 03 May 2021
To: 14 May 2021

Human Rights Council
47th session
From: 21 June 2021
To: 09 July 2021

Human Rights Council
48th session
From: 13 September 2021
To: 01 October 2021

Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
39th session
From: 01 November 2021
To: 12 November 2021

 Feature Stories

Overuse of biomedical interventions ignores humans emotional complexity, says UN expert
In his last report to the Human Rights Council, Dainius Puras, Special Rapporteur on the right to health, calls for a human rights-based approach to treating mental distress and an end to the dominance of psychotropic medicines and coercive institutionalisation.
27 July 2020
Women most affected by COVID-19, should participate in recovery efforts
Experts at the Human Rights Council discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and compounded gender inequalities and why States should focus more attention on women and girls when rebuilding the economy post-COVID-19.
22 July 2020
‘Conversion therapy’ can amount to torture and should be banned says UN expert
LGBT persons endure severe pain and long-lasting psychological and physical damage because of so-called ‘conversion therapies’, UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz tells the Human Rights Council. He calls for a global ban.
13 July 2020
Expert: Give displaced persons with disabilities a chance to participate
With an estimated 5 million internally displaced people in the world having a disability, now is the time to create policies and programs that attend to their specific needs, said Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons.
08 July 2020
High Commissioner urges States to “grasp the vital importance of this moment”
Opening the Human Rights Council, she compared COVID-19 to “a heat-seeking device that exposes, and is fuelled by, systemic failures to uphold human rights”, and called for “strong, transformative measures to heighten the powerful protections that human rights based-policies can provide”
30 June 2020
Speakers urge definitive action to combat systemic racism
“I am asking you to help us – Black people in America,” said Philonise Floyd to the Human Rights Council. The death of his brother George in the USA in May led to global protests against racism and police brutality. It also led to an urgent debate on systemic racism during the Council’s 43rd session.
17 June 2020

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